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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%


Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not to be boastful, but we honestly believe all others pale in comparison to this one. Crisp and hoppy, Philadelphia Pale Ale is brewed with Pilsner malt and American hops, which impart a surprising citrus aroma.

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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a yeast clouded orange with a good head of white foam that settles to a ring. The aroma was rather light, with just a bit of malt sweetness and a bit of floral hops. The taste was decent with a nice bittersweet balance of malt and hops, just a bit on the citrusy side, kind of orange rindish. Smooth and easy drinking with a slightly dry finish, as Davo noted this would be a great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 17:52:38 | More by MaineBeerMan
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Pale Ales. When poured into a glass it is Golden in color. Has a hint of sweetness in taste and in auroma. Also, has a citrus flavor taste to it, but not overpowering which makes me question if they used belgian yeast in the process. Not sure if that is even possible when brewing an APA. Very well carbonated, light white head foamy with good effervescene.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 20:11:52 | More by Ryanm1
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Finn

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fresh bottle into a pint glass. Nice pure white frothy head that simmers down to a slight haze on top of the beer. The color is very pale, almost pilsner-like. Aroma is lemon, biscuits and grain and mild fruits. Taste is on the mild side, a slight burst of fruity/malt sweetness is quickly cut into by a sharp, crisp hop bitterness. The flavor lingers a bit too. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, with carbonation a tad on the higher sider. A light body is present. This stuff is really good fresh, and of course quite quaffable. However, it is definitely on the lighter side in flavor and body compared to most pale ales I've tried, epsecially the American ones. This is simply a well crafted session brew, which would be great for warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:21:22 | More by Finn
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Philabeerphia

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowing, pillowing head. Up top it rises slowly, but it expands downward quickly, filling the glass with a bosom of cream colored carbonation. The head settles, revealing a lightish golden honey of a beer. It has a slight haze that visually adds some body. A soapy lace follows the beer down the glass. Hell, what else can you ask for when you look at an APA?

Well on the nose I am left asking for more. A bit of lemon zest resting below a blanket of copper malt and light floral hops.

The beer opens on the tongue with a twinge of that same lemony zest. Along with the light body, this creates a refreshing opening that sets the stage for a fuller middle. The most interesting aspect of PPA is the yeast, and it blossoms right in the middle. The beer becomes heavier, slightly bready but also distinctly floral. Honey and some light grass show up towards the back. It's back to the citrus again, this time it is sweeter, oranges and tangerines. Meanwhile the yeast is still in play. The finish is yeasty, soft, bready, milky, with a floral hop note. Gorgeous finish.

The mouthfeel seems to jump around. Inherently it is light - too light really, but the yeasty maltiness adds enough body to confirm the style. This beer is highly drinkable, interesting enough. It is subtle, but with distinguishing strengths - that harmonious marriage of the hops and the yeast - that have me enamored. Certainly this beer pays tribute to British beer history/lore. Well done. A beer that is delivery without the hype.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2010 01:33:40 | More by Philabeerphia
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jtfest

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew looks kind of like a pale orange soda -- yellow-tinged orange in color with a small white head, somewhat cloudy in the glass. The aroma was lightly malted with grassy hints. The mouthfeel was full, but thin -- nicely coating the palate but then fading into the air. The taste is very light, slightly floral, with just a suggestion of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a bad brew, but it didn't "wow" me either. It would make a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 02:50:33 | More by jtfest
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color with about a finger and a half worth of head that dissipates to a thin veil around the top.

S: Lots of floral hoppyness with some grassy/grain hints as well. Very little citrus scents mixed in as well. Not as much aroma as i expected.

T: Nice mix of citrus and grassy grain from the get go with hints of biscuit, leads into the floral hops and bitterness. After taste is some of that lemon biscuit flavor that is nice and clean.

M: Moderate carbonation works well with the flavors and provides a nice crisp and clean beverages.

O: Another great brew by the boys at Yards. Brawler is still my favorite but this is a nice APA that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:36:53 | More by ChrisPratz
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DevilDogBeer

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Philadelphia Pale Ale is an English IPA with a darker color than the traditional IPA but still lighter than an amber. The spicy aroma is indicative of the hoppy bite this beer imparts from the first sip to the last. The hop selection for this beer covers the malt flavor and has no hint of citrus. I was impressed that Yards did not apparently filter this beer and allowed the yeast to sit in the bottle and condition this ale naturally. The bottle conditioning added a larger bubbled white head that had great staying power as this ale was consumed. I would suggest serving this beer closer to 50 degrees than to 40 degrees to let the hop aroma fill the glass and come out of the beer. Be cautious in opening and pouring this libation, the yeast in the bottle have added quite a lot of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 12:25:30 | More by DevilDogBeer
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william5586

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear light yellow color. 2 fingers of white head that had great retention and produced some nice lace.

S- Very light citrus floral hop aroma. Kinda of lacking here.

T- Lemon, light citrus hops and a a grainy malt finish.

M- Crisp and smooth with perfect carbonation. Light body.

d- Very easy to drink.

There is nothing that really stands out in this beer, however it is a very well balanced easy to drink APA. I will be having this again. It would be good to tailgate with.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 23:04:25 | More by william5586
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed yard's Pale Ale from the Tap and then a case the next day!

Man PA is wonderful for the out-of-towner!

The Appearance is lovely on this IPA nice light colored tan/brown look on this summer looking ale. The smell is golden heaven, hoppiness taking over with floral, tropical citrus notes, my favorite...Taste is nice, not too carbonated, just right, feels great on the palate. Overall i pushed this on everyone i interacted with up in PA, it was my favorite..

Had a few other brews from Yards, and we stormed through a mixed case as well so i must hype this brewery. Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 20:26:32 | More by gatorbreath
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nicely amber colored ale. Ever so slightly cloudy, but an overall nice clarity. White, bubbly head eventually fades down into a thin, but consistent head. Leaves kind of lackluster lacing down the glass, but at least it's there.

S: Quite fruity. Grapefruit being the most notable, with slight undertones of hops coming through. A lot more pleasant than expected.

T: Slightly fruity, with those grapefruit notes being the most prominent on the tongue as well. A pleasant, mild bitterness throughout. A nice dash of citrus and hops in the finish.

F: A little on the overcarbonated side, but nothing off-putting. Carbonation seems to settle as the beer sits. Slightly thin, but definitely drinkable.

O: Seeing as how I'm from Philly, this beer was a must-try. It's affordable and widely available since it's local. It's not something I'd buy a case of for myself, but if I were going to a party and wanted to save a few bucks while still picking up an enjoyable beer, I'd definitely choose this over other budget pale ales. Not a mandatory must-try, but definitely acceptable and a really good choice if you want something light, flavorful, and refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 04:53:41 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer from bottle at around 55 degrees F into a 16oz pint glass and it poured a very clear gold with a white one finger head that lasts as a ring and center cap. The lacing is lightly sticky with an unorganized pattern. Nice.

Honey, malts and hops all approach my nose equally to form an overall sweet citrus aroma that is exquisite! Let the beer warm a bit, you will see exactly what I mean. There definitely a hint of the pilsner malt in there. It's really a nice aroma.

The flavor is just as exquisite. Semi-sweet pilsner malts entwine with honey, very mild grapefruit, and a mild piney hop that really comes out in the end rendering the experience as mildly sweet, then mildly dry and overall very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is mildly sweet and finishing dry almost like a champagne and light bodied. The carbonation is moderate and if it were higher this beer would be champagne like in yet another way. Mild pepper finish.

Overall, this beer was a pure pleasure to try! I would totally recommend this beer to anyone really. This would be a great sessionable summer beer and I think a good candidate for being canned as I would love to take this camping with me!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 00:46:54 | More by WissBrauSean
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DJED69

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite warm weather brews. I think Yards really hit it dead on with this beer. Pours a nice dark gold color with good head and some lace. Smells of citrus, some breadiness and malt. Taste is very nice---some bitterness balanced with citrus zest and light malts. Really reminds me of a good English ale. Low ABV makes it easy and enjoyable to drink. Perfect beer for a BBQ or watching baseball. Living 20 miles from the brewery probably helps with fresh local stock. Matter of fact, think I'll grab a six for today!

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 15:27:05 | More by DJED69
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Ezekiel81923

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a case at the Beeryard. Chilled and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A pale yellow/gold color with a pretty lively foam head rising to the top of the glass. Some pretty active carbonation bubbles going off on in the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrus and grapefruit hops are pretty much the only thing in the nose. A very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Some light biscuit/bready malt flavors but mostly citrus and grapefruit hops. Not very balanced, but the hops are pretty laid back and its still a light and refreshing beer. Nice bitterness to it too.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation on the tongue and a lasting hop bitterness as it goes down. Quite nice.

Drinkability: High. Very light in body, ABV and the hop bitterness and flavors are subdued to the point where you could drink this all night.

This may not be "to style" but I really enjoy this beer. This is probably going to become my go to session beer, especially given the price around here.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:32:20 | More by Ezekiel81923
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KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a case from Canal's in Lindenwold, South Jersey. Bottled on date, I noticed when I got home, was a little more than a year. Not sure how that may have affected the beer, if at all. Poured in a pint glass, it is a clear light gold color. The head is pillowy foam and enormous, taking up half the glass. It dissipated very slowly and left some lacing. Attempted to pour another slowly and the same thing-seems way overcarbonated. Dark brown "flakes" settled to the bottom of the glass-maybe yeast, but have not ever seen that before. Smells of citrusy hops and slightly herbal. Tastes of hops with biscuity malt and an earthy taste. Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated. I think this was an interesting brew. I enjoyed the taste, but was turned off by the overcarbonation, huge head, and brown flakes. As mentioned earlier, the case I bought was pretty old, so I would definately try it again and update this review if I find it different.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 02:14:10 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: realized I put this review under the wrong category (Yards IPA) a few months ago. Just moving the review to the proper place...

Reviewed on: 01-05-2012 05:31:27

Got to say it: I loved this beer.

Had this on tap at Irish Pub on Walnut during a trip to Philadelphia yesterday.

A fingers worth of head sits on top of a light, slightly hazy, honey colored body. The lacing on this brew is wonderful - I love it when the circular residue follows your sips all the way down like the notches on a tree. It smells great - grassy, candied citrus. Taste follows the nose with a little hop but not that much. It's fruity and even kind of creamy. Leaves a great taste behind.

I've never heard of this beer and it was delicious. I'm sure it was a fresh batch on tap, but maybe this beer is also underrated.

Give it a shot!

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-05-2012 05:31:27

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 18:30:49 | More by NardiByNature
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Abita45

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this as on-tap, however, I have had is several times by bottle and frequently drink this beer.

Pours as a gold, straw color and with an average head that quickly reduces down with very little lacing.

The aroma is moderate and has floral and citrus tones to it that match its taste. Moderately hoppy with a nice, dry citris tastes and low carbonation.

The mouthfeel and aftertaste are crisp and dry. It has a very crisp and dry finish to it that carries the floral and citrus tones all the way through. I really enjoy this beer and it seems to be the carried on draft more than Yards other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 21:26:27 | More by Abita45
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mattpetti

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a great litte find. Bottle conditioned. Pouring it into the glass was amber haze in color. Nice, large, thin bubbled head, good lacing as well. Smelled like solid pale ale or even alittle hoppier. Floral with a firm amount of sweet malts in the background. Decnt hops, very smooth with some body to it. Low alcohol is apparent but doesn deminish the flavor of this beer. Very nice... im sure to look into more yard's after this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 06:59:53 | More by mattpetti
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Edwin

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in my apartment (a VERY special thanks to gfb108 for that!)...

Appearance: Poured out a yellowy color with some hazy amber hints to it. A large, foamy head formed. nice, white and fluffy. Left a LOT of lacing in the glass.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops and fruit notes come out immediately. I was surprised at the amount of hoppiness that I could pick up. Very impressive.

Taste: I could not believe this wasn't an IPA. Lots of good hop flavors, mixed with some citrus notes. I was very pleased with this, as I thought I'd be let down. It is a nicely balanced, crisp hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and a smoothness that went down easy. The lack of carbonation could have been my lack of experience with the tap system. Not sure.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable brew. It's got a nice, warm feel to it, and won't smack you in the face with alcohol. I had five and was fine, if not tired (Watching my Falcons get smacked by the Ravens in preseason will do that I guess).

Overall: A great keg to kick of my new tap system. I highly enjoyed this brew. Grab one if you can. Note: make sure you get a fresh case to ensure you have the "NEW" recipie.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 12:20:09 | More by Edwin
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MikeRa

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is a light copper/straw color with a good head.

S: It has a nice caramel like smell, with some fruity floral smell as well

T: It has a nice caramel taste, with a hint of the hops in there as well

M: This beer goes down really smooth, and it has a nice carbonization level in there as well

D: This is a beer that I will most definitely will drink again

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 19:29:27 | More by MikeRa
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the aroma is malty and hoppy...
color is a light copper/gold... small white head, with small carbonation bubbles.

taste is a smooth smokey, malty pilsner. some bitterness.... mostly smokey pilsner type.
it's a summer beer in my book.

drinkability is very good...
mouthfeel is average

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:58:51 | More by klkatz
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lionking

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Nice two finger head. Golden color in the glass. The nose is a sweet mix of hops and citrus. It smells and tastes like a pilsner to me. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. The beer is lightly carbonated. This was an excellent beer. A hybrid of sorts as this is an ale brewed with pilsner malts. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 17:12:13 | More by lionking
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uturn

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. capped bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: This beer poured a clear golden color with a white finger head leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

N: The nose was very nice and strong with floral and sweet fruity notes.

T: The taste starts off mildly sweet from the malts and you then pick up the nice citrus flavors and a mild bitterness from the hops near the end.

M: The mouthfeel was thin, but still a little creamy with a medium carbonation level.

D: The drinkability was very good, so good I will be adding this beer to my great session beer list.

This is a great transition beer to get your friends into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 22:44:17 | More by uturn
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IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from standard 12oz. brown bottle at home.

A: Clear straw coloring. Think head that dissolves surprisingly quickly.
S: Little to be honest. Very faint hint of grapefruit. Maybe some grain, but really not much.
T: Sharp, crisp citrus flavoring, followed closely by a barley malt graininess. The hops come out in the middle, but the earthy taste that followed stood out more.
M: Thin. Goes down easily, but I feel it’s almost too watery.
D: Very drinkable, but I could see myself getting bored with it before too long.

Good pale ale to have on standby. But I’d probably go with something more exciting when available.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 17:51:33 | More by IgnatiusReilly
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Bones54

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from a mixer 12 pack of Yards. I was really looking forward to this one, but it did leave a bit to desire

This is just a slightly above average pale ale. There is a faint taste of citrus. Slight bitterness. Appearance is similiar to must pale ales. Couldy gold color.

Overall not much going on with this beer. Not something I would go out of the way to get, but would never turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 02:53:19 | More by Bones54
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ajr24

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden and copper, poured into a creamy head that dissipated a bit quick with little lacing.

S- Smells of hops, citrusy/grapefruity.

T- Tastes hoppy and citrusy with a nice balance of bitterness.

M- Creamy and refreshing.

D- Could throw back a few easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 01:05:55 | More by ajr24
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